Bialik at the 2011 Gracie Awards
|Born||Mayim Hoya Bialik
December 12, 1975
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michael Stone (m. 2003; d. 2013)|
Mayim Hoya Bialik (/ /; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress widely known for her roles as Blossom Russo on NBC's Blossom (1990–1995), and currently as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, for which she was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Early life and education
Bialik was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Barry Bialik and Beverly (née Winkelman). Her grandparents emigrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary in the late 1930s. Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel's national poet, was Mayim Bialik's great-great-grandfather's uncle. Bialik was raised in Reform Judaism. Her given name means "water" in Hebrew.
Bialik attended Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, California. At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, although she also had been accepted to both Harvard and Yale. She stated that she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast. She earned degrees in neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to the PhD program in neuroscience.
She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. Bialik completed her PhD in 2007. Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome.
Bialik started her career as a child actress in the late 1980s. Her early roles included the horror film Pumpkinhead (1988), her first acting job, and guest appearances on The Facts of Life and Beauty and the Beast. She appeared in three episodes of MacGyver as Lisa Woodman. She appeared in Beaches (1988), playing Bette Midler's character as a young girl. She also appeared in the video for the song "Liberian Girl" by Michael Jackson.
In 1990, Bialik was tied to two television pilots, Fox's Molloy and NBC's Blossom. Molloy at first produced six episodes for a tryout run, followed by the shooting of the pilot special for Blossom. The latter actually aired two weeks before Bialik's Fox series and ultimately garnered higher ratings than it. When Molloy folded after its six episodes, Blossom was pursued as a regular series, airing until 1995. She had a major part in the Woody Allen comedy film "Don't Drink the Water" in 1994.
She appeared in the feature film Kalamazoo? (2005) and appeared in three episodes of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm as Jodi Funkhouser, the lesbian daughter of a friend of Larry David. Bialik also made guest appearances as a fictionalized version of herself in the series Fat Actress, and made a guest appearance as a Hasidic Jew in an episode of Saving Grace. She had a recurring role as the high school guidance counselor in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She also made an appearance on the Fox TV show 'Til Death in which she has a reunion of sorts with two of her Blossom co-stars – Jenna von Oÿ, who played Blossom’s quirky best friend Six, and Michael Stoyanov, who played Blossom’s older brother Anthony.
In Season 3 (2009–2010), she joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. Her first appearance was in the season finale as a potential love interest for the character of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). In Season 4, she began as a recurring character playing Sheldon's "friend that's a girl, but not a girlfriend." Beginning with Season 4, Episode 8, she became part of the main cast. Bialik's character is a neurobiologist, or neuroscientist, which corresponds to Bialik's real-life educational pursuits. Bialik's performance in The Big Bang Theory earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2012 and 2013 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Bialik was one of seven actresses who had a "quirky" personality to audition for the role.
Prior to her joining the cast, in the episode "The Bat Jar Conjecture", Raj suggests recruiting the real-life Bialik to their Physics Bowl team, saying "You know who’s apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV’s Blossom. She got a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or something."
On March 6, 2012, her book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, was released.
Bialik married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony with traditional Jewish customs. Stone, born into a Mormon family, converted to Judaism; several years later, his mother converted to Judaism as well. Bialik and Stone have two sons together: Miles, born in 2005, and Frederick, born in 2008. In 2010, Bialik returned to television so that she could spend more time with her children and stated "I'm glad that I completed my PhD and I'm very proud of it, but the life of a research professor would not have suited my needs in terms of what kind of parenting I wanted to do." In November 2012, Bialik and Stone announced that they were divorcing, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in May 2013.
In a 2012 interview, Bialik stated that she would call herself "aspiring Modern Orthodox". She has appeared in several YouTube cameos as Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler asking questions about Jewish beliefs. The videos are produced by Allison Josephs, Bialik's Judaism study partner, whom she met with the help of Partners in Torah.
|1988||Beaches||Young Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom|
|1994||Don't Drink the Water||Susan Hollander|
|2011||Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8||Nancy Kurshan|
|2011||The Dog Who Saved Halloween||Medusa||Voice only|
|2012||Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire||Maria||Voice only|
|1987||Beauty and the Beast||Ellie||Episode:
|1988||Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life||Jennifer Cole||Episodes:
|1989–1990||Empty Nest||Laurie Kincaid||Episodes:
|1990||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Candace||Episode:
|1990||Molloy||Molloy Martin||Canceled after seven episodes|
|1991||Sea World's Mother Earth Celebration (on Nickelodeon)||Herself|
|1992||Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten, TheThe Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten||Petey|
|1993||The Hidden Room||Jillie||Episode:
|1994||Don't Drink the Water||Susan Hollander|
|1994–1995||John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show||Rachel||Episodes:
|1995–1996||Adventures of Hyperman, TheThe Adventures of Hyperman||Brittany Bright||Episodes:
|1996||Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Lucy||Episode:
|1996||Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Julia/French Woman||Episode:
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Tour Guide||Episode:
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Girl in Future||Episode:
|1998||Welcome to Paradox||Rita||Episode:
|2003–2004||Kim Possible||Justine Flanner||Episodes:
|2005–2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Jodi Funkhauser||Episodes:
|2009||What Not To Wear||Herself|
|2010||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Dr. Wilameena Bink||Episodes:
|2010–present||Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory||Amy Farrah Fowler||
Guest role: Season 3
Main role: Season 4 - Season 7 (Present)
|2003||X2: Wolverine's Revenge||Bush Pilot, May Deuce||Voice only|
Awards and nominations
|1988||Won||Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy||Young Artist Award|
|1990||Nominated||Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series||Young Artist Award|
|1992||Nominated||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Young Artist Award|
|1993||Nominated||Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series||Young Artist Award|
|2012-2013||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Primetime Emmy Award|
|2012-2013||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Screen Actors Guild Award|
|2012||Nominated||Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Satellite Award|
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- "'Blossom' reunion on FOX? Whoa!". Fox News. 2010-03-31.
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- "Mayim Bialik's Book, 'Beyond The Sling', On Attachment Parenting Is In Center Of Parenting Spotlight". The Huffington Post. March 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
- "Featured Wedding: Mayim Bialik & Mike Stone". Jewishweddingnetwork.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Mayim Bialik Welcomes Second Son, Frederick Heschel". Celebrity-babies.com. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Mayim Bialik, Husband to Divorce After 9 Years". US Weekly. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- White, Chelsea (May 26, 2013). "It's over! Blossom star Mayim Bialik finalises divorce from husband of nine years". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Cohen, Marla. Geek Love, Parenting, and Judaism. http://www.jewishrockland.org/Mayim-Bialik.aspx
- 'Science vs. Religion: Mayim Bialik and the Other Big Bang Theory', Jew in the City, October 31, 2011.
- 'Mayim Bialik to Guest Star on a Very Special Jew in the City!', Jew in the City, May 20, 2009
- "Meet Mayim Bialik: Actress and Holistic Mom". Holisticmoms.org. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Exclusive: Mayim Bialik Gets Her Eco On At The Go Green Expo In Los Angeles". Ecorazzi.com. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Penn State Live". The Pennsylvania State University. unknown. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mayim Bialik.|
- Official website
- The Official Mayim Bialik Blog
- Mayim Bialik on Twitter
- Mayim Bialik at the Internet Movie Database
- Mayim Bialik at AllRovi
- UCLA Alumni Story for Mayim Bialik ’00, PhD.’07
- Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome